Let's just suppose you're an 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in. You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.
Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn't seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.
Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.
He's coming anyway.
And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board.
Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses.
And, he kept coming back.... 13 more times..... And took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.
Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman, died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise , ID ......May God rest his soul.....
I bet you didn't hear about this hero's
passing, but we sure were told a whole
bunch about some Hip-Hop Coward
beating the crap out of his "girlfriend"
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:15 am Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
May God bless his soul.
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:24 am Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
God bless and THANK YOU and everyone that shares your values Ed Freeman.
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:43 am Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
Major Ed W. Freeman receiving his Medal of Honor from President George W. Bush
Here's what Snopes has to say about this true American hero: Major Ed W. Freeman
Thanks for posting the story PapaJohn.
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:44 am Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
Thank you for sharing Ed's story, a real hero. He is now resting in peace with all those who didn't make it back. God bless you and your family Ed Freeman.
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:54 am Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
I want think The Good Lord for all the guys that flew those birds over there. Saved my butt many I times. My Prays go out to his family.
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:16 am Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
God must have needed a good soldier. R.I.P Sir!
Ohh son!! That's a 4, 5 ,7 8, 12 punder son!!
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:05 pm Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
Why Lord some are made with iron and other with clay. Why Lord when scared some runaway and some stay. Why Lord some think of others before themselves. Why Lord when called to duty only a few will come.
Lord what you put into Ed Freeman, I pray you put into me – God, Duty, and Country
Thank you Major Ed Freeman
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:52 pm Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
For those that have watched "We Were Soldiers", you have seen just how heroic the man really was..Truth be know he wasn't the only one to perform such acts of heroism..The whole group of Air Cav could have been awarded the Medal of Honor..
Take a kid fishing, and don't forget about us older kids either..
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:13 pm Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
thank you very much for sharing that with us PaPaJohn.
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:45 pm Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
People like Ed and many others before him are the reason this country is great. Ed Americans like you are few and far between, may you rest in peace as a True American Hero.
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:52 pm Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
I salute Ed Freeman there are very few men like him
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:34 pm Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
Thank you for sharing that story. Made me feel proud to know there are men like that.
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:28 pm Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
Words seem inadequate to honor a hero like that. It makes me proud to be an American.
God Bless Ed Freeman.
God Bless all our Armed Forces.
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:47 pm Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
god bless you and thank for your service to our country. rest in peace.
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Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:43 am Re: Ed Freeman Has Died
Thanks for the original post, it is good to hear positive things about people as we are bombarded by all the bad news everyday. A little more detail from Wikepedia regarding this extraordinary person:
Medal of Honor citation
Army version of the Medal of HonorFreeman's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
Captain Ed W. Freeman, United States Army, distinguished himself by numerous acts of conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary intrepidity on 14 November 1965 while serving with Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). As a flight leader and second in command of a 16-helicopter lift unit, he supported a heavily engaged American infantry battalion at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam. The unit was almost out of ammunition after taking some of the heaviest casualties of the war, fighting off a relentless attack from a highly motivated, heavily armed enemy force. When the infantry commander closed the helicopter landing zone due to intense direct enemy fire, Captain Freeman risked his own life by flying his unarmed helicopter through a gauntlet of enemy fire time after time, delivering critically needed ammunition, water and medical supplies to the besieged battalion. His flights had a direct impact on the battle's outcome by providing the engaged units with timely supplies of ammunition critical to their survival, without which they would almost surely have gone down, with much greater loss of life. After medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly into the area due to intense enemy fire, Captain Freeman flew 14 separate rescue missions, providing life-saving evacuation of an estimated 30 seriously wounded soldiers -- some of whom would not have survived had he not acted. All flights were made into a small emergency landing zone within 100 to 200 meters of the defensive perimeter where heavily committed units were perilously holding off the attacking elements. Captain Freeman's selfless acts of great valor, extraordinary perseverance and intrepidity were far above and beyond the call of duty or mission and set a superb example of leadership and courage for all of his peers. Captain Freeman's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.